New!   2022 California Livestock Methane Measurement, Mitigation and Thriving Environments Research Program (CLIM3ATE-RP)

The California Livestock Methane Measurement, Mitigation and Thriving Environments Research Program (CLIM3ATE-RP) hosted by the CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation (OEFI) will award competitive grant(s) to California based Institutions for research projects that address key barriers to achieving goals aligned with California's efforts to successfully implement climate smart agriculture. CDFA and its partners recognize the need to accelerate research into methane reduction from dairy and livestock operations. A total of $10 million in funding allocated from the Budget Act of 2021 (SB 170, Chapter 240) and Budget Act of 2022 (SB 154, Chapter 43) will be directed towards three impact areas:

  1. Verification of Methane Reduction Strategies.
  2. Alternative Methane Reduction Strategies; and
  3. Manure Recycling and Innovative Products Development.

The CLIM3ATE-RP is now accepting comments from the public and stakeholders on its draft Request for Proposals (RFP). The draft RFP establishes parameters by which competitive grant applications for CLIM3ATE-RP must be submitted and evaluated.

Comments on the draft RFP for the CLIM3ATE-RP will be accepted through 5:00 P.M. PT on Monday, November 14, 2022. Comments regarding the draft guidelines must be submitted to the email CDFA.OEFI_CLIM3ATE_TECH@CDFA.CA.GOV

The Draft Request for Proposals, Draft Supporting Templates and Application Questionnaire Preview can be found below:

CDFA will hold two public, virtual workshops on the RFP for CLIM3ATE-RP on November 3rd and November 7th, 2022, to provide information on the program and information of how to comment of the draft RFP. Registration for the virtual workshops can be found below:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the workshop.

2021 Biologically Integrated Farming Systems

The Office of Pesticide Consultation and Analysis (OPCA) is offering $2,000,000 in funding to promote integrated pest management (IPM)-based options that focus on economical and efficacious biological and cultural pest management techniques while reducing chemical insecticide inputs. Further details are available here.

2021 Proactive Integrated Pest Management Solutions

The Office of Pesticide Consultation and Analysis (OPCA) is offering a $1,000,000 in funding to alleviate pest management problems related to new invasive pests. The goal of the program is to identify exotic pests likely to arrive in California and develop integrated pest management (IPM) programs which can be rapidly implemented if these pests become established in the state. The details of the funded project are available here.

2018 Small Dairy Climate Change Research

CDFA selected a research project titled "Small Dairy Climate Change Research: An economic evaluation of strategies for methane emission reduction effectiveness and appropriateness in small and large California dairies" for a grant award of $213,349. The research team is led by California Dairy Research Foundation in collaboration from University of California, Davis researchers.

This research was authorized by the Budget Act of 2017-18 which appropriated $250,000 to CDFA for small dairy climate change research. The research work will also contribute to the Small Dairy Climate Action Plan which is required by legislative mandate as part of the same budget act in 2017-18 (Item 8570-101-3228 (1) (b)).